Mad Girl Eats Pionic in Tucson!

wpid-photogrid_1435883597038_wm.jpgPionic Pizza and Pasta, 2643 N Campbell Ave #105, Tucson, AZ.

Pionic is a new, unique place for artisian pizza. It is like Chipotle for pizza lovers, also offering pasta and salads. Walk up to the long counter, choose your crust (gluten-free available), and unlimited toppings of meats, veggies, cheeses, and herbs. It then gets thrown into a mega oven and is finished in 90 seconds. It is crispy, light, and oh-so-delicious!

Great tasting pizza, any or all the toppings you wish, and walla, you have a pizza engineered to your specifications! All ingredients are fresh, and you can taste it in the final product. Nice prices, cordial staff, and cool atmosphere. Don’t miss Happy Hour,  Monday – Friday from 2pm – 5pm, pizza, beer and wine deals! Excellent!

Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm.

http://pionicpizza.com

5 out of 5 Perfect pizza points for the price!

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Mad Girl Eat’s Summer Tour 2014!

I’m hitting the road in June on my annual Summer Tour, eating my way around the U.S.A! My itinerary thus far on the first half of my journey is: 

~NEW ORLEANS, LA  ~HOUSTON, TX ~ SAN ANTONIO, TX ~TUCSON, AZ  ~ PHOENIX, AZ ~LAS VEGAS, NV ~SAN DIEGO, CA ~LOS ANGELES, CA ~SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 

We are still organizing the second half of this trip, but MINNEAPOLIS, MN AND CHICAGO, IL are definite.

If you have any restaurant recommendations in any of these areas, I would love to hear about them! Like my motto says….Food Trucks to Five Star. If it’s a great eat, I want to know. Post them here or connect with me on Twitter @MadGirlEats. Thanks!

Summer is looking pretty fine from here!

Mad Girl Eats The Abbey, Tucson

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The Abbey, 6960 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ.   UPDATE:  Sadly, I must report that this restaurant has closed permanently.   😦

The Abbey, at the Catalina Foothills, is a hip spot for foodies looking for American cuisine with a twist. Very cool interior, with patio seating pointed to the mountains. Great place for sunset dining and don’t worry , even though the sun goes down and the desert air turns cool, their patio heaters work fabulously.

Perusing the menu, you definitely see a trendy take on American classics. Not wanting anything too heavy, the table ordered The Board. A mix of charcuterie, cheeses, crisps, salmon, nuts, dried fruit, olives, breads and spreads. Absolutely triumphant in serving a well-rounded, generous amount of superb tidbits. The Watermelon Margarita was a ridiculously good pairing also. Luscious!

Once the server mentioned the soup, my ears perked up and I was hooked on a feeling. Tomato basil soup with grilled cheese sandwich croutons. It came in a huge mug and was, incredible. I would have loved a few more “croutons”, but it was fantastic nonetheless.

A bit pricey, but fab food and atmosphere were worth it. Closed Mondays. Happy Hour in the bar, which is tiny if you’re planning on going, but great prices Tues-Sat 4-6pm + 8pm-close, Sunday HH all day 10:30am-close.

http://theabbeytucson.com

4.5 out of 5 savory smackaroos.

Mad Girl Eats Guadalajara Fiesta Grill

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Guadalajara Fiesta Grill, 750 N Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ.

While visiting Tucson, I wanted my fill of Margaritas, Mariachi’s, and Mexican food. Well honey, Guadalajara Fiesta Grill filled the bill and did not disappoint! A delightful venue, the patio at sunset is the perfect place to enjoy the ambiance. Twinkle lights, lanterns, Mexican decor, and landscape in this walled and private outdoor space makes the experience very special.

Service is excellent and having salsa made tableside is a wonderful addition. The margaritas are ordered, the Mariachi’s are playing and the salsa and chips are ready. After soaking up some Guadalajara delights, it’s time to order dinner.

A good Mexican menu with a surprisingly nice selection of seafood items, I was feeling beefy and wanted something hearty. The Chimichanga Asada was what I needed. Grilled steak wrapped in a homemade tortilla with homemade beans then, lightly fried. Topped with cheese and onions, tomatoes , sour cream and guacamole on the side with refried beans and Spanish rice. Delish! Great quality, perfect seasoning, fresh everything. I highly recommend this dish…and Guadalajara Fiesta Grill.  A fun and tasty evening had by all!

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner they also offer Happy Hour specials.

Hours are 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

http://thefiestagrill.com

4.75 out of 5 happy points makes you want to dance around a sombrero!

Mad Girl Eats El Charro Cafe in Tucson

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El Charro Café, 6910 E. Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ. More locations.

With a beautiful patio facing the mountains, Happy Hour at El Charro Café in Tucson is the perfect place for food and drink. The interior dining area is gorgeous, but eating al fresco at sunset was just the ticket to ride at this east Catalina Foothills location.

A fair selection of appetizers, we ordered two for 3 people who just wanted to nosh. The Cheesecrisps were recommended by a friend, so that was a given to try. The Mini Chimichangas sounded interesting, and a perfect pairing with our Margaritas!

I was astonished at how huge the size of Cheesecrisps were, and a generous amounts of cheese. A scrumptious blend of Oaxaca, Menonita, Casero, and Cotija cheeses.  Oh boy, this is more than we all bargained for! The Mimi Chimi’s were a perfect 4 bites and a nice array of flavors offered. Shredded beef, bean, chicken, and pork. All accompanied by fresh Pico de Charro, sour cream, and chips and salsa. Hint: Their salsa on top of the Cheesecrisps made a tasty kicker.

The regular dinner menu is decently priced. Happy Hour menu is half off appetizers (awesome) and half off House Margaritas, House Wine, and Draft Beer….everyday  from 3pm-6pm. I say, hurrah!

Exquisite ambience, fantastic service, nice prices, and fab quality food. What more do you want besides being known as The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family?! Their creed says it all, “We are not the best because we are the oldest, We are the oldest because WE ARE THE BEST!”. And there you have it.

http://elcharrocafe.com

4.75 out of 5

Mad Girl Eats Risky Business in Tucson

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Risky Business, 6866 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson, AZ.  Two other locations in the Tucson area.

Sitting at the Foothills is a nice and funky restaurant and sports bar. Think cool steel and wild red, not sticky floors and dank walls. Another hot spot that has a patio to soak in the sunset and get some fresh air.

A decent size menu, especially if you’re gunning for a burger or sandwich. Ok, one of each please. A Black and Blue burger, and a Roasted Prime Rib sandwich. Be hungry because when they show up at your table, they are a hefty size with a load of French fries. The burger is made with garlic and Cajun spices perfect to blacken, covered with melted blue cheese on a decadent roll. A powerhouse of flavor in that burger! The Roasted Prime Rib sandwich was no slouch. Roasted and shaved, the prime rib was tousled with Portobello mushrooms and carmelized onions. I know your mouth is watering already but just wait a sec…it is topped with Havarti cheese and horseradish aioli all enveloped in a baguette then dunked in au jus. Ok, commence to drooling.  By-the-way, if you like to dunk, try the fries in the pot of aioli…flipping fab. Yeah, Baby!

Delish! Satisfying! Happy!

Check out their Happy Hour, Daily specials and times http://riskybusinesstucson.com

In the shopping center at the corner of Sunrise and Kolb.

4.5 out of 5  makes me want to dance in my underwear like Tom Cruise!

Risky Business

Mad Girl Eats Sonoran Hotdogs in Tucson

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El Guero Canelo, 2480 North Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ   plus 2 other locations in the city.

As seen on Food Wars and Man vs Food, the Sonoran hot dog at El Guero Camelo was a must try. Mad Girl went Mad Crazy for this dog! I opted for the Sammie which was the Sonoran, but added an extra frank. The specially made bun could stand on it’s own, it’s so flipping good. The 2 frankfurters and toppings of bacon, sausage, beans, grilled onions, fresh onions, tomatoes, mayo, mustard and jalapeno sauce loaded on that bun….shear ecstasy. ECTASY I say!

http://elguerocanelo.com

El Guero Canelo Sonoran Sammie hot dog….5 out of 5 bacon dipped and dripping mega smootches. A Best!

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